A Renaissance Woman Living in A Digital Age
Green Touch Hub recently interviewed Kaarina Dillabough, the winner of our photography contest, and asked her what it is like to see the natural world through a creative lens.
A shot of Kaarina Dillabough “in action”
Nuts and Bolts of the Trade
Kaarina has been taking photographs all her life, and has some wisdom to impart to budding photographers
A flower and butterfly shot by Kaarina Dillabough
Green Touch Hub had the privilege of speaking to Kaarina Dillabough, the winner of our recent photography contest. We asked her if she does photography for work or for fun, and how she shoots photos.
“[I’m] just a hobby photographer, strictly for enjoyment.” Kaarina said. She’s been doing it her whole life, and she uses a “a very simple ‘point and shoot’ camera, Canon Power Shot SX 710HS”.
When asked what her advice is to aspiring photographers, she replied, “Snap away, stay aware. Heighten your senses to see things that others don't see or pay attention to. Don't strive for perfection, but rather, be in the moment. Trust your instincts.”
Colorful foliage photo by Kaarina Dillabough
“There is a Crack in Everything. That’s How the Light Gets In.”
Kaarina espouses the practice of wabi-sabi to help fuel her creative endeavors.
A frozen winter scene by Kaarina Dillabough
When asked what her favorite subject or type of photo to take is, Kaarina replied, “I love taking photos of nature: trees, flowers, landscapes. I also love capturing details that are often overlooked by others: the crack in a piece of bark, the rust on a doorknob, the crystalline snow on a decaying flower bud. I like the concept of wabi-sabi: perfection in imperfection and impermanence, much like the Leonard Cohen lyrics: ‘Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything That's how the light gets in’”.
Kaarina’s favorite thing in nature to photograph are trees. She mentioned, “I love the architectural interest of the bark on a tree, the beauty of the changing colour of the leaves, the barren expressiveness of bare branches and the stories I believe they hold in their growth and evolution.”
When asked what her favorite photo she has ever taken is, Kaarina said, “Ooooh, that's a hard one. I really don't have a favorite although as a result of the contest, my frozen flower is pretty special.”
Winning Photo - Frosty Flower by Kaarina Dillabough
Kaarina told us a bit about her favorite places to take photos. “I don't really have a favorite location, as every time I take a photo, it's the location I'm meant to be in. I believe I tend to see things that others tend not to see. People say I have an eye for capturing things through my photos, so every moment is an opportunity to capture, in that moment, something quite special.
A Renaissance Soul in a Modern World
Kaarina captures the beauty in day to day life wherever she is
In a world of Instagram and Facebook posts, Kaarina’s poetic soul can be shared with the world more easily. “Social media allows me to share, without need of attribution, the photographs I take. It gives me great pleasure to know, from the feedback I receive, how much others enjoy my photos.”
Kaarina espouses the title of “Renaissance Woman” by being a woman of many talents. A former Olympic coach, she now devotes her time to being a business coach, consultant, strategist, motivational speaker, and an avid writer. Kaarina has a blog (https://www.kaarinadillabough.com/) where she shares her thoughts and musings as well as her photographs.
“I always say I'm a quill pen person in a digital world. I love to write and post my writings on my website. I'm also in the process of writing a fiction novel, which I'm writing longhand with a favorite pen on lined paper.”
“My writing and photography certainly go together hand in hand. As a matter of fact, my novel was inspired by one simple photograph I took a few years ago. I read voraciously and am always finding creative outlets to fuel my interests, everything from creating vintage postage stamp jewelry to knitting, watercolor painting and drawing. I feel like a Renaissance woman living in this digital age.”
Green Touch Hub is so happy that Kaarina shared her creative passions with us, and we hope to see more of her work in the future!